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  1. Scientists See Serious Health Risks in Gulf Oil Spill

    Aug. 16, 2010 -- The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico poses serious health risks for the people who are working to clean it up and others who venture into the coastal area, scientists say in a commentary in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Some components of oil called volatile organi

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  2. Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Are Indoor Risk

    Aug. 5, 2010 -- Concentrations of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) -- found in many everyday products and of concern due to potential health hazards -- are higher indoors than outdoors, according to a new study. But they are equally present, the researchers found, in an urban, low-income commun

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  3. At Last, Quit Smoking for Good

    If you have COPD, the most important step you can take to manage your condition is to quit smoking. Your second most important step is to live in a smoke-free environment. Whether you directly inhale smoke or get it from secondhand smoke, cigarette smoke accelerates the damage already going on in th

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  4. Short of Breath? Tips for COPD Breathlessness

    Whether you have COPD or someone you love has COPD, an episode of breathlessness can wreak havoc with your emotions. Breathlessness is a common symptom of a COPD exacerbation. Since we all need oxygen to live, the feeling of not being able to get enough air can trigger a “suffocation alarm.” The nat

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  5. Understanding and Treating COPD

    Anyone can have trouble breathing once in a while. But for those who have COPD, debilitating symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, and poor lung function can seem relentless. If you have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), you need to know that while it can’t be cured, it can be man

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  6. COPD Patients May Be Overtreated With Steroids

    June 16, 2010 -- More than 90% of acutely ill people who are hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) receive high doses of IV steroids, even though lower-dose oral steroids may be just as effective, a study shows. The findings appear in the June 16 issue of The Journal of the A

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  7. Beta-Blockers May Help COPD Patients

    May 24, 2010 -- Beta-blocker medications, which are not commonly prescribed for patients with chronic lung disease, may actually be of benefit to them, according to a new study. The medications, prescribed for high blood pressure and cardiac disorders, may help lengthen survival and reduce respirato

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  8. Vitamin E May Lower Women's Lung Disease Risk

    May 17, 2010 -- Long-term, regular use of vitamin E supplements appears to reduce the risk of chronic obstructive lung disease or COPD in women, according to a new study. But men may not get the same benefit, according to another study. Both studies were presented this week at the American Thoracic

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  9. Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Could Affect Health

    April 30, 2010 -- The Deepwater Horizon incident occurred about 50 miles southeast of Venice, La., on April 22 after an explosion and fire damaged a Transocean oil rig, causing it to burn for hours and sink. There were approximately 700,000 gallons of fuel onboard before the fire, and exactly how mu

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  10. U.S. Cities With the Dirtiest Air

    April 28, 2010 -- Major metropolitan areas in California still have some of the dirtiest air in the nation, despite a decade-long effort to reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants, finds a new report by the American Lung Association. The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside area has the worst ozone

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